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Old 17 August 2006, 16:27   #21
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VW Touareg, never found a slipway to defeat it yet and have helped a few others out of problems with it.

Had a Chrylser GV before it (essentially a big Merc van!) and started to struggle with that on some slips, FWD is definitely not the boat-haulers friend!
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Old 17 August 2006, 17:39   #22
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I use a nissan patrol 4.2L. Can't tell the boat is on the back, and launching is easy.
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Old 17 August 2006, 17:48   #23
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Impreza Turbo (4x4)

Very good so far, fine on any slip I've tried pulling a heavy 5m up.

Also accelerates with boat on tow faster than any other car I've had without a boat!
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Old 17 August 2006, 17:49   #24
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LWB Frontera. Does the job admirably but its the long wheel base version and it can be a nightmare to reverse round tight corners. Especially as all the family seem to just stand there watching and not saying if I'm getting close to anything. Therefore I have to be very cautious.

Needed help once when the tide ran out and the trailer ended up in thick mud. My mates winch pulled that one out along with half a ton of mud.

Was also defeated when pulling my mates trailer out and one of his wheels dropped down a big hole. After we snapped the tow rope he went in and lifted the trailer up. Got it out then.

Generally at the first sign of trouble I put it in Low Ratio and it just chugs out slowly then.
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thanks for all the responses folks. Has anyone tried a van and a 4x4 often enough to know the pros&cons of launcing retrieving on awkward slips (or even getting to the slip in eg Cornwall?)



Have you ever pulled your rib up a slippery/long/steep/ slip with the VeeDub? This is the crux of what I'm at here...I towed for ages with a volvo estate (2L) no probs, in fact you can tow - on the flat - with anything. The fun starts on steep hills and Less_Than_Perfect launching/retrieving sites, which is where the 4x4 comes into its own - but there's all the other stuff you can do with a transporter.

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You can tow anything up a slip with a good electric winch on your towball...
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Yup, a friend had a 4x4 one and it towed and launched top banana (6m osprey) really well.
Cool-cheers! I've been debating getting one. It'd be a lot easier than pitching a tent and I don't want something the size of a fullsize camper.
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Discovery TD5 for me.

Three pages into the thread and Codders is still quiet, is he on holiday
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Old 18 August 2006, 07:06   #28
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Mate of mine has a Transporter TDi Syncro to tow his Ribtec 585. No problems at all.
A lot of money for a van though!
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Discovery TD5 for me.

Three pages into the thread and Codders is still quiet, is he on holiday
Was tempted but Gavin has put me off Land Rover's for life - I am going to sell my Discovery - Range Rover and Defender and get a chrome plated Mitsubishi with furry dice instead..........
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